Thought this would be soapboax worthy, instead of the polls/survey’s forum.
I used to have mainly 2 reasons for booting windows, 1) Games, 2) Windows Media Player Classic.
This is because any mediaplayer I tried under linux seemed to have on the following disadvantages compared to WMC:
No option to jump to a chapter*]Not able to handle subtitles properly (heavily styled ones in a mkv container especially)]Doesn’t support segment linking]Not enough configuration options to tweak image quality*]No option to select audio track used*]A decent interface*]Lack of customizing keyboard/mouse shortcuts
SMPlayer it all, hell it seems to be the one out of two applications that use my mouse’s thumbbuttons (the other is firefox).
Only options I’m still missing is being able to move a chapter trough a single mouseclick, but setting the mousebutton to skip 10 seconds and spamming it 6 times for each minute does the trick.
So what is everyone else using, and more importantly why?
> Thought this would be soapboax worthy, instead of the polls/survey’s
> I used to have mainly 2 reasons for booting windows, 1) Games, 2)
> Windows Media Player Classic.
> This is because any mediaplayer I tried under linux seemed to have on
> the following disadvantages compared to WMC:
> - No option to jump to a chapter
> - Not able to handle subtitles properly (’ heavily styled ones in a
> mkv container’
> - Doesn’t support ’ segment linking’
> - Not enough configuration options to tweak image quality
> - No option to select audio track used
> - A decent interface
> - Lack of customizing keyboard/mouse shortcuts SMPlayer it all, hell it seems to be the one out of two applications
> that use my mouse’s thumbbuttons (the other is firefox).
> Only options I’m still missing is being able to move a chapter trough a
> single mouseclick, but setting the mousebutton to skip 10 seconds and
> spamming it 6 times for each minute does the trick.
> So what is everyone else using, and more importantly why?
VLC because it is cross platform and plays everything I’ve thrown at it.
I tried VNC again recently as I was curious to its resource use, turns out it uses the same amount of RAM/CPU as smplayer.
It does things like the screenshot below to my subtitles (SMPlayer on the left, VLC on the right) http://thumbnails12.imagebam.com/2466/947d2524655621.gif](http://www.imagebam.com/image/947d2524655621)
Seems a bit dodgy with hardware acceleration to… if it’s not enabled the screen shows ghost images and square pixely things, if it’s enabled the background is flickering with red squares if I’ve kwin effects active at the same time.
SMPlayer is indeed a very nice frontend for MPlayer and for me it’s great where VLC performs too slow (happens quite often with x264 MKV videos on my 1Ghz CPU) and displays subtitle styles incorrectly.
x264 is NOT a video format. It is an encoder which implements the H.264 video standard jointly developed by the MPEG and ITU groups (which call themselves JVT). Do not confuse an encoder which produces H.264 video with the video format itself. There are many other H.264 encoders out there, most notably MainConcept, DivX7, Nero Digital, Elecard, QuickTime, etc…
Some people are so wacked in their head that it’s beyond believe. We had a guy in #x264 on IRC who claimed that x264 is the video standard, even when pengvado, me and Dark Shikari told him multiple times that this is not the case and that x264 is an ENCODER which IMPLEMENTS the H.264 standard. pengvado and Dark Shikari are the two main developers of x264. As he was such a wacko, he got kicked and banned for spewing crap…
What exactly is so great about it that makes you like it even though (S)Mplayer works better?
Are you sure btw it’s not a settings thing that would make VLC slower for you? From the very limited testing I did SMplayer and VLC had the exact same CPU and RAM usage. Badly timed screenshot … badly timed, since I couldn’t get the video’s in exact sync and vlc does use 1% more then smplayer there… but that’s a sync problem.
I meant MKV videos using the H.264 codec, my mistake.
Believe it or not, VLC performs very bad for H.264 videos on my PC; the video keeps hanging, I’m getting distorted pictures, etc. Both are using the XVideo output module and changing it for VLC doesn’t make a noticable difference.
I’ll have a look at the CPU usage and see if there actually is a difference and post screenshots if so.
(S)MPlayer plays the videos even smoother than Zoomplayer so there goes the need for me to switch to Windows to watch certain videos :-).
A few reasons why VLC is my #1:
It can play almost any file while the application itself is very small
It has Shoutcast support
Development is very active & forum support very satisfying
One more thing I really like about (S)Mplayer is that it doesn’t display distorted pictures which happens a lot in VLC.
to be honest, IMO, VLC is really a bad player. It’s very good for streaming and such but it’s a mess when it comes to playing files locally. It often hangs, distorts pictures and underperforms in various situations. I’d rather use Xine than VLC
Ah, I’m not the only one then
Thought I did something wrong as I noticed a ton of distortions on nearly all my files with VLC.
I use Amarok 2 for shoutcast (though I hardly ever listen to shoutcast) and I like the smplayer interface since it’s so similar to the WMC one.
I also love smplayer and have set it to be the default application for all my video and multimedia files.
I despise the ugly, buggy, and flaky kaffeine. I never could and still can’t figure out how, it ever became the default player, or how it remained the default player in KDE.
For several years now when installing SuSE/openSUSE there are only two things I mark as taboo never install, beagle and kaffeine. No sure which of the two I dislike more, but kaffeine never makes it into an install on any system I set up.
Smplayer is outstanding and I would love to see it or perhaps Kmplayer be the default multimedia application.
C’mon, VLC is not that bad, it has some distortion issues but they are not THAT bad… (as long as your CPU can handle it), next to the distorted videos it also doesn’t display some subtitles correctly for MKV files but even that issue is not a big one.
I’d like SMPlayer more if it integrated the MPlayer backend into its code so that the MPlayer frontend is left out.